About BondiThis brand new nail polish company was launched in 2013 with a collection of 20 fashion forward colours that are 5 free. What is 5 free you ask? These polishes are free of 5 harmful chemicals that are found in most other nail polishes: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, toluene, and DBP.
This company is based out of New York City and is all American made. All of their net profits (after costs) go to their non-profit foundation, which supports a wide variety of charitable causes throughout the United States.
About Bondi's Subscription BoxBondi's Subscription box will launch in August 2012. The doors are already open for sign ups. All you have to do is sign up on their website http://www.bondinewyork.com/ with your name and email and you will be sent a link to access the subscription page.
What you can expect every monthEvery month your subscription box will include:
- 3 full size polishes that have a retail value of $37.50
- A deluxe beauty gift
- An opportunity to win one of a number of $500 gift cards they are placing in random boxes
- A 25% discount on polish purchases from the website (This will drop the sale price from $12.50 a polish to $9.38)
- Free shipping (even for Canadians! It's great to finally see a company offer their service to us without ridiculous shipping and duty charges added on)
What you can expect within the first 3 monthsAugust's box will contain their current collection of polishes. Subscribers will get 1 of 8 different colour variations. If you would like to sign up for more then 1 box in August, just shoot them a quick email. Customer service will make sure that you don't receive 2 of the same box.
September's box will be a preview of their upcoming Fall Collection. I've seen a few swatches on their Facebook Page of what I am assuming is the Fall Collection and they look gorgeous! Bondi also had a naming competition and 5 lucky ladies won a free box for having the most popular names.
October will be the first month that they send subscriber's only polishes. These polishes will only be available in the subscription boxes and not for regular sale on the website. This is a great marketing tactic by them to get and keep subscribers. The words "limited edition", "special collection", and "members only" before the word polish really suck beauty enthusiasts in. They will make a killing off these subscription boxes.
|Sneak Peak of the Fall Collection. Polish names on Right from T-B: The 7 Train; My Ex's Heart; Police Box; Meadow Moss; West Point Waters|
When to sign up & When the box shipsYou can subscribe from the 15th on in order to receive the following month's box. For example: to receive September's box you can sign up starting August 15th. Subscriptions are recurring so there is no need to mark your calendars to make sure you sign up in time.
Boxes ship each month on the 1st. If that day happens to be a weekend or holiday then they will ship out the next business day. I really like that they are shipping at the beginning of the month. It will take longer to reach me in Canada, and I want to receive the box in the month it is intended so that I can review it in that month as well.
Subscription Plan OptionsThere are four subscription plan options for us to choose from.
- Month to Month = $19.99/month
- 3 Month Plan = $49.97 or $16.66/month (with this option you save $10)
- 6 Month Plan = $99.95 or $16.66/month (with this option you save $19.99)
- 12 Month Plan = $199.90 or $16.66/month (with this option you save $39.98)
|The Bondi Team|
Skipping a monthStarting with September's box you will be able to preview the colours in the box and if they do not interest you then you can choose to skip. Previews for the box will go out 7-10 days before the shipping date, to allow customers the opportunity to let Bondi know if they would like to skip that month or cancel, if they don't wish to continue receiving the box.
Bondi is currently working on integrating the Subscription Box into regular accounts. This should be done by mid-September, at that time to skip you will just have to hit the Skip button. In the mean time to skip you can chat with a Rep on their website 24hours a day. You can call 1-888-548-2290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a customer service rep will take care of it for you.
|Bondi posted this pic on Facebook showing the beginning stages of their Account system.|
How is Bondi's Customer Service?So far my experience with Bondi has been through the roof. Someone is always available to chat on their website. They always answer questions quickly and thoroughly. When you email them you can expect an email back within 24 hours and most of the time it is from the Founder himself, Richard Annington. You can ask a million questions and they answer them all with enthusiasm and a smile. Their customer service is a big reason why I am signing up for this service.
|Bondi Founder Richard Annington|
A sneak peak of September's BoxWhile emailing back and forth with Richard he gave me a little spoiler for September's box, and I thought I would share it with all of you!
"September's box will have a twist. We are partnering with a charitable organization to raise awareness of a national issue here in the U.S. It is going to be "sexy cause" marketing, not "begging and making you feel bad with every stroke of the polish brush" marketing."
I for one an very excited about this subscription box and hope that it doesn't disappoint me like Julep did. I will be reviewing August's box thanks to Bondi, and then I will be signing up on a month to month basis starting in September.
What do you think the charitable organization is going to be? What are your thoughts on this Subscription Box? Will you be signing up? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below.